“In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple,
And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”
It is in the struggle, at the end of ourselves and fully dependent upon God, where we experience the most growth, strength, and see the miracles of God.
May we not despise those times.
When God led the people to the Red Sea trapped by Pharaoh’s army, He knew the miracle that He was about to perform (Exodus 14), the miraculous escape that they would forever point back to and rejoice in (Exodus 15).
But they could not have imagined such an escape and were therefore allowed some fearful circumstances before experiencing that miracle.
As a result of those impossible looking circumstances they cried out to the Lord, blamed their leader who was only following God’s lead, and complained and proclaimed that it would have just been better to stay in their bondage in Egypt (Ex. 14:10,11).
All three of these are our natural responses in distress. We call on God for help, blame someone else, and long for simpler, easier times even though they weren’t really.
Only one of those is needful or helpful.
They were up against an impossible and fearful situation.
Cry out to Him today.
Will you trust Him to lead you well, no matter what you currently see ahead on your path?
What miracle is right before you as you continue following His lead?
“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.”
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